The UMBC men's lacrosse team (2-3) opens its 12th season of America East Conference play on Saturday, March 14 when they host the Binghamton Bearcats at UMBC Stadium. The opening face-off is set for noon as Gary Stein and Kevin O'Neill handle the broadcast duties on Q1370 (www.q1370.com). Live streaming will be unavailable for this game, but live stats will be available via www.umbcretrievers.com.
RETRIEVER UPDATE: Fourteenth-ranked Towson produced 4-0 scoring runs to start the game and the fourth quarter and defeated UMBC (2-3), 11-7, before 746 fans in the Retrievers' 2015 home opener on March 7. Pat Young led the hosts with a goal and a three assists. Jack Gannon and sophomore Max Maxwell added two goals apiece for the Retrievers.
UMBC's three losses to date have occurred against nationally-ranked squads. The setback snapped a two-game winning streak for the Retrievers.
Young (7g, 5a), Gannon (6g, 3a) and Nate Lewnes (9 goals), who was named America East Men's Lacrosse Player of the Week on Feb. 16, lead the UMBC offense.
Goalkeeper Connor Gordon was named America East Conference co-Player of the Week for his effort at Richmond on Feb. 28. His goals-against-average of 8.78 is currently ranked (through March 11th) 18th in the nation.
SHORT HISTORY LESSON: In 2014, UMBC qualified for its 11th America East championship in 11 league campaigns. The Retrievers won titles in 2006, 2008, 2009 and produced runner-up finishes in 2007, 2013 and 2014. Four of UMBC's five championship games have been against Albany, with UMBC winning match-ups in 2006 and 2008 and dropping decisions in 2007, 2013 and 2014. The Retrievers defeated Stony Brook for the 2009 title.
HEAD COACH DON ZIMMERMAN enters his 22nd season at UMBC and his 29th as a collegiate head coach. Entering the season, amongst Division I head coaches, the Retriever mentor stood eighth with 228 victories and is 16th in winning percentage at .598 entering the 2015 campaign. In the all-time coaching annuals of Division I lacrosse, Zimmerman is 26th in total victories and 47th in winning percentage, The Retriever mentor has made 13 NCAA Tournament appearances in his tenures at Johns Hopkins (`1984-90) and UMBC (1994-present). His 1984, 1985 and 1987 Hopkins teams earned national titles and he coached the Retrievers to their first NCAA Tournament appearance in 1998.
A GLANCE AT THE BEARCATS: Binghamton triumphed, 11-7, at Delaware Sunday afternoon. Senior attackaman Tucker Nelson set a career high with seven points and tied a program record with six assists. Senior linemate Paul O'Donnell matched his career high with five goals and sophomore goalkeeper Tanner Cosens tallied a career-high 13 saves to lead the Bearcats to a non-conference victory at Delaware Stadium.
The Bearcats snapped a three-game losing skid to open the campaign with the victory at UD. Binghamton had dropped home decisions to Marist (12-9, Feb. 22) and Hobart (11-10, Feb. 28) and a neutral site game to No. 13 Cornell, 17-10, on Feb. 24.
Nelson leads the way with six goals and 11 helpers for 17 points and O'Donnell is the leading goal scorer with eight scores.
THE SERIES/LAST YEAR'S MEETINGS: The two sides met twice in 2014, with Binghamton winning, 13-7, in Vestal in the regular season and UMBC coming up with a 16-10 victory in the AE semifinals at Stony Brook. Max Maxwell recorded five goals and four helpers in the two games in 2015 and Pat Young has nine goals in three meetings with BU.
UMBC is 13-3 in 16 previous meetings vs. Binghamton. The teams have split the last four contests, after the Retrievers had won 11 in a row. UMBC is 8-0 vs. the Bearcats at home, but the last three victories have come by a total of four goals.
UP NEXT: UMBC goes on the road to face Stony Brook in America East action on Saturday, March 21 at 1:00 p.m.